Inner Truth~The Effective Messenger
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” How does His Word become our flesh and dwell in us?
John 15:7 Amplified says, “If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” This verse is talking about embedding His Word in our hearts. Embed means to fix an object firmly and deeply into a surrounding mass.
Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” We embed His word in our heart to ward off the temptation to sin.
Joshua 1:8 tells us to meditate to observe to do. Apply the truths of His word through practical application. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
How do we practice the truth? Let’s take the sin of anger for example. Anger is a giant that has to be slain or it will slay you. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Let me paraphrase. “If you don’t resolve issues from your past hurts, present situations that remind you of your past, will erupt and spew when you least expect it.”
David slew his giant. The smooth stone he chose went right to his target, embedding itself in Goliath’s forehead. Goliath dropped dead in his tracks.
1 Samuel 17:49 says, “Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.”
Only the word of God has the power to slay your giants. You cannot fight flesh-giants with impotent flesh. I would encourage you to write down or type out five verses, “stones” that deal specifically with anger. Then meditatively read them twice a day out loud. During the day, meditate on them, and embed them in your heart.
Proverbs 29:11 Amplified says, “A (self-confident) fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.” When you are tempted to be angry, grab one of the stone verses. Immediately put the verse into your mind and keep it there. As you rehearse the verse, you will still your anger. Then execute judgment on your angry thought. Wrestle it down until you conquer it. Acknowledge your sin and receive His cleansing.
Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” This is a key. You come in the opposite spirit. Angry people clash with angry people because they goad one another. Don’t retaliate. Stop the exchange. It takes two to tango.
Proverbs 15:2 says, “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” A fool retaliates. Proverbs 12:16 Amplified says, “A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.” Proverbs 25:15 Amplified says, “By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.”
James gives us specific instruction about anger. James 1:19-20 says, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Anger is often rooted in self-righteousness. The Lord calls us to walk in His righteousness.
Romans 1:18 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” To suppress truth is the opposite of practicing it. Do you use people’s actions or circumstances as an excuse for your anger? Excuse is the skin of reason wrapped in a lie. Acknowledgement is the first step in confession. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The Lord uses strong words to expose anger and its minions. Ephesians 4:31 Amplified says, “Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will or baseness of any kind).”
Romans 13:14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make NO provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Slay your giant of anger and be free from it’s dominion!
j marilyn adams ~ May 12, 2016